40 Nigerians face deportation from Italy
The Italian government has deported 40 Nigerians for committing
various offences in the country.
The latest deportation comes less than a month after 37 Nigerians
were deported from Italy on March 8.
Two weeks before that, another 33 Nigerians were also deported
from the European county on February 23.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the latest deportees
arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos on
The deportees, who are all male, were brought back in a chartered
aircraft with registration number EL-SMU/3737.
Joseph Alabi, the spokesperson of the Lagos Airport Police Command,
confirmed the development.
Mr. Alabi, a deputy superintendent of police, said 39 of the deportees
were alleged to have committed
immigration-related offences while one of them was allegedly involved
in drug dealing.
He said the deportees were received by officers of the Nigerian Immigration
Service, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons,
and the Police.
Also on ground to receive them were officials of the Federal Airports Authority
of Nigeria and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
NAN gathered that the deportees were profiled by immigration authorities
while those without serious charges were allowed to depart to their various
Thousands of Nigerians travel to Italy annually via Libya and the Mediterranean
seeking greener pastures.
While some of the travellers make it to Italy where they are treated as refugees,
many are trapped in Libya while some others die while crossing the Mediterranean.